Storm Season Safety
Springtime in the Midwest is storm season so please remember these important reminders:
- If you hear thunder, even if you do not see lightning, go inside, and stay away from windows. Until you can take cover in a structure, stay as far away as possible from trees and utility poles. If you are on the water, go to land as soon as possible, or if in you are in a swimming pool, get out of the water immediately.
- In the event of a Tornado Warning, take cover in a basement. If there is no basement in the structure, go to an interior room on the lowest level of the building, and move away from windows. Remember that a Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for a tornado developing, a Tornado Warning means that a funnel cloud has been sighted.
- Even after a storm has cleared the area, hazards still exist. Do not drive through standing water as you cannot see what may be in the water. Be aware of the possibility of downed tree limbs as well as downed power lines. DO NOT attempt to move downed power lines. Stay away from them, and notify the local utility company of their location.
Below are some user inquiries frequently fielded by the complyND team along with helpful tips to walk one through should they experience similar questions or concerns. We recommend saving this information in a convenient location for easy reference and as always, please visit the complyND website or contact the complyND team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or assistance.
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- What Training is Required? To determine what training is required for you or your employees based on specific job tasks or hazards, review the University's Training Needs Assessment tool.
- Why Did I Receive this Training? Training is most commonly assigned by one's direct or dotted line supervisor (i.e., Department contact). We recommend first consulting with one of these individual's to determine the reason for the training assignment. Click here for list of Department Contacts.
- How Can I See Who Has Completed Training? As a supervisor, you can use the Course Completion Report to identify who has completed training. Using the Gap Analysis Report will provide you with details on who has training assigned but is not yet completed.
- How Can I Assign Training to non-Direct Reports? To do this, one must be provisioned as a dotted line supervisor. This can be set up by your Department Contact following our updated use guide (link here). If you do not have a Department Contact, please contact the complyND team for assistance.
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When doing spring cleaning, don't forget to dispose of your household hazardous wastes appropriately.
St. Joseph County, Indiana maintains a permanent household hazardous waste collection facility at 828 Kerr St. in South Bend. Please visit their website for detailed information.
Cass County, Michigan will hold the next household hazardous waste collection event on May 19, 2018 at the Cass County Fairground. See this article for more detailed information.
The following is a general list of materials accepted at a household hazardous waste facility or event:
- Aerosols - spray paint, insect sprays
- Batteries - only Ni-Cad, Lithium, button cell and rechargeable batteries
- Corrosives - lye, acids, drain cleaner
- Mercury - elemental, thermostats, switches and relays, vapor lamps
- Paints and solvents - paints, stains, finishing oils, thinners
- Pesticides/Herbicides - weed and grass killer, insect killers, garden chemicals
- Poisons - mouse and rat killers, roach and ant killers
- Waste Fuels - charcoal lighter, fuel oil, gasoline
- Waste oils and lubricants - engine, gear, coolant